ALL attention in Kumasi will be focused on the Manhyia Palace on Friday as Otumfuo Osei Tutu II meets the management of Kumasi Asante Kotoko over the future direction of the club.
Expectations are already high that the Asantehene, who owns the twice Africa champions, would extend the mandate of the Interim Management Committee (IMC) come Friday.
This is premised on the impressive showing of the management when they took over the administration of the club at the start of the second round of the just ended Glo Premier League.
The meeting, which would be held behind closed doors, would also look at other important matters affecting the club.
For instance, it would enable the Alhaji Inje-led IMC to account for its stewardship to the owner of the club.
After the meeting, the Asantehene would make a personal donation of a brand new bus to the club
A source at Manhyia told the Graphic Sports that Otumfuo’s word that day would put to sleep the vexed question of the position of the current IMC.
The IMC was tasked to steer the affairs of the club until the end of the last season after which a substantive board would be announced to enable it appoint a new management.
But, so far, no names have emerged with respect to board positions. This had given indications that Otumfuo could ask the IMC to continue with their work until further notice.
The Graphic Sports in its July 31-August 3, 2009 issue carried a story about the uneasiness in the management over whether they would remain in office or not.
Kotoko have indicated their readiness to play in Africa next year and preparations had already started for the CAF Champions League.